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Q&A – Hiro Kone 0

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1: Analog or Digital?
Inspired by analog but very dependent on digital.

2: What time did you wake up today?
9:30am to hit snooze and barricade the cats from the bedroom. So I could then sleep until 10am.

3: Last thing you read?
“A Splendid Conspiracy” by Albert Cossery

4: Whats your first memory?
A dream that involved a swamp, a row boat, and a group of hooded “small people”.

5: Tea Or Coffee?
Coffee in the USA and tea when I’m in Asia.

6: Last thing you cooked?
Noodles with ground pork and mushrooms marinated in sake, soy sauce and a dash of agave. Tossed with a ton of cumin, scallions, and basil.

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
Mulder and Scully.

8: What inspires you?
People willing to share knowledge and those brave enough (like Aaron Swartz) to speak out against it being institutionalized and made available to just the privileged few.

9: Last record you played?
Fela Kuti’s “Black President”.

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
Right now it’s my Octatrack, but the violin feels connected to my core in a way that no sampler or sequencer ever will.

11: Last movie you saw?
“In the Heat of the Night” and by the time you read this Chris Marker’s “Level Five.”

12: Who do you love?
Albert. And my mom.

13: Do you have any pets?
Two cats, Vincent Price and Roland Kirk.

14: Are you useful?
Supposedly I’m good at math.

15: Biggest fear?
That we as a society won’t realize that when it comes to the environment, Ebola, militarized cops, the criminalization of journalism, and genocide—neutrality is no longer an option. Silence does not make one un-accountable.

16: What do you value the most?
Honesty.

17: Famous last words?
Borrowed words from Diamanda Galás: “Were you a witness?”

Hiro Kone is Brooklyn based musician Nicky Mao. Her latest release ‘Fallen Angel‘ is out now on Geographic North

Q&A – Messages 0

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Tres Warren

1: Analog or Digital?
Both

2: What time did you wake up today?
8:30

3: Last thing you read?
The baseball standings in the sports section

4: Whats your first memory?
I don’t remember, probably hanging out with my granddad, he was my best friend.

5: Tea Or Coffee?
Coffee

6: Last thing you cooked?
Beans and rice with green chiles.

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
I haven’t thought about it, I’ll play the hand I get dealt I guess.

8: What inspires you?
Figuring out the puzzle.

9: Last record you played?
The Tony Williams Lifetime: Emergency!

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
Roland Space Echo, but honestly, I don’t use it all the time.

11: Last movie you saw?
Ride in the Whirlwind by Monte Hellman.

12: Who do you love?
My girlfriend

13: Do you have any pets?
She has a dog, so I kind of have a dog.

14: Are you useful?
I can bait a hook.

15: Biggest fear?
I’m not sure.

16: What do you value the most?
Spending time with people that mean something to me.

17: Famous last words?
I don’t have any yet.

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Taketo Shimada

1: Analog or Digital?
analog

2: What time did you wake up today?
6:30 am

3: Last thing you read?
Old Capital by Kawabata

4: Whats your first memory?
I don’t remember

5: Tea Or Coffee?
both

6: Last thing you cooked?
cucumber and cabbage pickles

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
I don’t know.

8: What inspires you?
fear

9: Last record you played?
Bismillah Khan – Raag Multani

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
shehnai, lap slide guitar

11: Last movie you saw?
Pacific Rim

12: Who do you love?
myself, my wife, my family and some friends

13: Do you have any pets?
cat

14: Are you useful?
I don’t really care about that.

15: Biggest fear?
air plane crash, global warming, hurricane flooding, giant earthquake

16: What do you value the most?
things staying the same

17: Famous last words?

Based out of New York, Tres Warren (also of Psychic Ills) & Taketo Shimada are Messages. Their latest release, an LP reissue of ‘Mirage‘ is out now on Root Strata, available from a variety of fine vendors.

Q&A – Sean McCann 0

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1: Analog or Digital?
Analog converted to digital

2: What time did you wake up today?
7:20am

3: Last thing you read?
“Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond” by Michael Nyman – fascinating!

4: Whats your first memory?
I have a particularly awful memory, but I want to say it’s going down a cold metal slide at a park playground.

5: Tea Or Coffee?
Espresso, then earl grey or mint tea later in the day.

6: Last thing you cooked?
Toasted bread with avocado, salt, and sliced tomato. A staple in my diet.

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
Person: A classically-trained musician … could be interesting?
Thing: Being reborn as caviar would be a pretty wild ride (the whole way through)

8: What inspires you?
Hard work and selflessness

9: Last record you played?
LP: John Fahey – “Days Have Gone By” on Takoma Records
CD: Andrew Chalk – “Blue Eyes Of The March”
CS: A tape my parents dubbed holding the first two Roxy Music albums
MP3: Philip Corner – “Satie’s Rose Cross As A Revelation”

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
My violin

11: Last movie you saw?
I just re-watched Chinatown by Roman Polanski

12: Who do you love?
Most everyone a little, a few people quite a lot

13: Do you have any pets?
My roommate has two cats, Baby & Orange Man

14: Are you useful?
To certain people. Which, right now, is enough for me

15: Biggest fear?
Breaking my teeth

16: What do you value the most?
Consideration

17: Famous last words?
Pleased to have made it this far…

West Coast native Sean McCann lives in Los Angeles. Apart from numerous solo releases, he also runs the Recital Program imprint.

Prelusion, his latest solo work, is out this Friday on Root Strata.

Q&A – YOUNG MOON 1

1: Analog or Digital?
Both

2: What time did you wake up today?
9:15

3: Last thing you read?
‘ when things fall apart ‘ Pema Chodron

4: Whats your first memory?
Being terrified of the clown my mother hired for my birthday party and hiding under the table

5: Tea Or Coffee?
Coffee. I had my first matcha the other day. I love both.

6: Last thing you cooked?
The last thing i cooked would have been a few months ago on the bbq that is now in storage along with everything else in my life.

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
a cat in the sun, a giant sequoia ? ? ?  not sure about this one.

8: What inspires you?
Love

9: Last record you played?
Burial ‘ Untrue ‘ . . . at the gym.

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
a tie between my Roland JV1010 synth module and my Roland R77 drum machine.

11: Last movie you saw?
I watched half of Donnie Darko before falling asleep last night.

12: Who do you love?
I love

13: Do you have any pets?
R.I.P. Iodine the Dalmatian, Winston the Persian , Summer the keeshond, Alaska the Black feral cat born in a dresser, and Nimrod the goldfish.

14: Are you useful?
yes .

15: Biggest fear?
of being alone on this journey

16: What do you value the most?
my heart being open

17: Famous last words?
I will quote the last thing Jefre said to me before he left for Europe because I really love it ,  “stay vulnerable”

Young Moon is William Trevor Montgomery, a California native and a founding member of Tarentel, The Drift, Lazarus & Moholy-Nagy, to name a few.
Navigated Like the Swan‘ is his first release under his new name and it will be out this Friday the 27th via Western Vinyl.

 

Q&A – Maggi Payne 0

1: Analog or Digital?
Both

2: What time did you wake up today?
8:03 am

3: Last thing you read?
Radical Light

4: Whats your first memory?
I forget

5: Tea Or Coffee?
Lemon ginger tea

6: Last thing you cooked?
Does boiling water count?

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
A dolphin or the sea

8: What inspires you?
Just about everything

9: Last record you played?
Annea Lockwood’s Jitterbug

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
Too tough to answer and a moving target

11: Last movie you saw?
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

12: Who do you love?
Almost everyone

13: Do you have any pets?
Our neighborhood supplies a plethora of cats to pet

14: Are you useful?
Hope so

15: Biggest fear?
Perhaps that I’m not useful

16: What do you value the most?
The environment

17: Famous last words?
Ahh, ahh

Maggi Payne is Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, Oakland. She has been writing and performing music since the 70s and has performed her works all over the world. Her latest release (a retrospective of previously unreleased material), Ahh-Ahh Music For Ed Tannenbaum’s Technological Feets 1984-1987, is out now on Root Strata.

Q&A – VESTALS 0

1: Analog or Digital?
both, together, in a holy union

2: What time did you wake up today?
9:50

3: Last thing you read?
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

4: Whats your first memory?
Waking up at dawn in my toddler bed watching the owls that lived in my neighbor’s roof fly back from their night hunt. Or maybe looking in the mirror trying to decide what color my hair was.

5: Tea Or Coffee?
Coffee

6: Last thing you cooked?
Stir fried summer squash with basil pine nuts and rice pasta

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
something feline

8: What inspires you?
abundance, the sky in all of it’s manifestations, mind altering substances, intution, touch, texture

9: Last record you played?
HTRK work (work, work)

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
the thing inside my throat that makes the sounds

11: Last movie you saw?
Moonrise Kingdom

12: Who do you love?
Evan and June and so many more

13: Do you have any pets?
My family dog is an old yeller. I love her too.

14: Are you useful?
when I set my mind to it

15: Biggest fear?
fear is the mind killer (see 14)

16: What do you value the most?
the responsibility of self creation

17: Famous last words?
this should be interesting..

Vestals is California native Lisa McGee, who also spends time in Higuma & Portraits. ‘Forever Falling Toward The Sky‘ is her first ever LP & will be out tomorrow on Root Strata!!

Q&A – Jon Porras 1

1: Analog or Digital?

Dialogue.

2: What time did you wake up today?
8.

3: Last thing you read?
The Night Face Up by Julio Cortazar

4: Whats your first memory?
Watching speed racer from under the kitchen table.

5: Tea Or Coffee?
Coffee- black as midnight on a moonless night.

6: Last thing you cooked?
Lentil Soup.

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
A Hell’s Angel.

8: What inspires you?
Artists and friends here in the bay area.

9: Last record you played?
A Love Supreme.

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
This changes but today it’s the sp404.

11: Last movie you saw?
La Jetee.

12: Who do you love?
Friends, family, Alexa.

13: Do you have any pets?
A few succulents.

14: Are you useful?
Yes.

15: Biggest fear?
Near earth objects.

16: What do you value the most?
Time well spent.

17: Famous last words?
Vaya Con Dios.

Jon Porras lives in San Francisco. He wields his axe as 1/2 of Barn Owl and also records solo records under his given name. His latest, ‘Black Mesa‘ is out in a couple of weeks on Thrill Jockey.

Into Midnight, from Black Mesa.

Q&A – HEATSICK 0

1. Analog or Digital?
Don’t like technology fetish

2. What time did you wake up today?
8:40am

3. Last thing you read?
Empire: Negri and Hardt.

4. Whats your first memory?
I remember the first day of school and people started saying the Lord’s Prayer in assembly.
No one had ever told me about this and i had no clue what was going on so i just started miming, like a goldfish. Was quite surreal.

5. Tea Or Coffee?
Teas: Fenchel Anis Kümmel, Kamille, Jasmine
Coffee
Though the best tea i had was the the Tea Ceremony at the Tadschikische Teestube. It included raisins and vodka and i was there for a few hours. It was quite kinky.

6. Last thing you cooked?
Bulgar and Fava Beans

7. If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
an Oyster card.

8. What inspires you?
I really enjoyed hanging out with Jeff Witscher recently. watching people dancing.

9. Last record you played?
Hanne Darboven Opus 60

10. Favorite piece of musical equipment?
Maraca

11. Last movie you saw?
haven’t really watched movies in ages
C’etait Un Rendez-Vous though is that a movie?
Also was at a party the other night, and we started talking about In a Year With 13 Moons.
I forgot just how BLEAK that film is, everyone said their goodbyes rather promptly.

12. Who do you love?
my BABY!

13. Do you have any pets?
no

14. Are you useful?
well, i’ve been used.

15. Biggest fear?
Procrastination

16. What do you value the most?
Someone who knows what’s up

17. Famous last words?
I don’t really like thinking about things like this, but i really was taken aback by Patrick Caulfield’s gravestone in Highgate Cemetary. It just says
DEAD.

Heatsick is Berlin based producer/performer Steven Warwick. His has a new 12″ out now on CockTail d’Amore & a new 7″ split with Richard Youngs that benefits WFMU. His last 12″ on PAN, INTERSEX has been keeping me warm during the cold Berlin winter and will be my impromptu dance party LP for years to come…

Q&A – Jonathan Sielaff 6

1. Analog or Digital?
I love knobs and buttons. I love structures imposed by limitations. I
love the objects, the parts and pieces that you can physically
assemble in various configurations. I love constant, organic variation
and unpredictability.
I love cheap, accessible technology that levels the playing field. I
love economical, extraordinarily compact storage for information and
media. I love my iPhone (most of the time).

2. What time did you wake up today?
Around 4:30am and then again at 6:50am.

3. Last thing you read?
Synchronicity by F. David Peat and an article in Saveur on Swedish
food culture. I’m always reading a couple of really different things
at the same time so that I can switch if I’m not in the headspace for
one or the other.

4. Whats your first memory?
My first clear memory is of eating cherry pie at my grandparent’s
restaurant in North Carolina and being taken back to the kitchen to
see the chef’s Smurf collection.

5. Tea Or Coffee?
Both. I spent eight years working in the tea world and the last four
in the coffee world. My apartment is full of brewing devices.

6. Last thing you cooked?
Broccoli rabe with garlic, sherry and pecorino romano, sweet pea
risotto, and salmon baked with lemon and olive oil in parchment paper.

7. If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
A tree.

8. What inspires you?
Lots of things… I would say that being in nature is massive for me.
That’s one of the reasons why I live where I do. The Oregon coast
blows my mind every time I go out there. It’s my church.

9. Last record you played?
A Orillas del Magdalena – Coastal Cumbias from Colombia’s Disco
Fuentes (Domino Sound 024)

10. Favorite piece of musical equipment?
My bass clarinet. A 1960’s Selmer Series 9 I inherited from my
grandfather. I’ve played a lot of nice clarinets, but that one feels
like an extension of my body. It’s part of me now.

11. Last movie you saw?
Bill Cunningham New York

12. Who do you love?
My wife Heather. I love a lot of people, but no one as much as her.

13. Do you have any pets?
Two cats. Brothers. Hoover and Britches.

14. Are you useful?
Depends on who you ask.

15. Biggest fear?
Being alone. I know I should be comfortable with it, but I grew up in
a massive family and have lived with people I love my whole life. It’s
hard for me to enjoy anything thoroughly unless I have someone to
share it with.

16. What do you value the most?
Relationships. See above.

17. Famous last words?
I’ll try anything once.

Jonathan Sielaff lives with his lady (who runs the amazing OLO Fragrance) in Portland, Oregon, is one half of Golden Retriever (whose latest LP ‘Light Cones’ is still available), and can often be found expounding upon bean variants and brewing methods.

Q&A – No UFO’s 1

 

1. Analog or Digital?’
I can’t have one without the other!

2. What time did you wake up today?
LATE – 8:47

3. Last thing you read?
Retromania by Simon Reynolds, but a much better answer would be Don DeLillo’s White Noise, which I read prior to that.

4. Whats your first memory?
April 2, 1982: standing at the foot of the basement stairs in my parents’ house, looking up and watching snow fall through the open doorway while my mother left.

5.Tea Or Coffee?
Espresso

6. Last thing you cooked?
Biscuits & mushroom gravy with roasted carrots and beets.

7. If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
A dog.

8. What inspires you?
Connection. Transcendence. Work that captures what you didn’t know how to say, or poses questions you can’t answer. Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein. Kurt Graupner. Public Enemy’s “Fear Of A Black Planet”. Etc.

9. Last record you played?
Eric’s Trip “Peter” 12″. But the last thing I listened to was the upcoming pillowdiver “cassetterecordings” EP, which is excellent.

10. Favorite piece of musical equipment?
It’s definitely been my Clacktronics Wasp Drive lately. In general it’s the piano. Honorable mention to the Roland Space Echo/Chorus Echo, though I don’t own one.. yet.

11. Last movie you saw?
It’s been a while. Either Pierrot Le Fou for the first time or Paris, Texas for the sixth time.

12. Who do you love?
Angie, family, friends.

13. Do you have any pets?
Sadly, no.

14. Are you useful?
Looking back at the last 18+ months it wouldn’t appear so.

15. Biggest fear?
Nothingness. Infinity. Losing my mind and not coming back.

16. What do you value the most?
Honesty, understanding. Balance. Purpose. Solitude b/w Autonomy.

17. Famous last words?
“What’s the worst that could happen?”

Konrad Jandavs records as No UFO’s. His first release (much hyped around these parts!) was last year’s small run self-released cassette, ‘Soft Cost’. It’s just been lovingly remastered & reissued on LP by Spectrum Spools.
His most recent LP “Mind Controls The Flood ” is out now on Public Information.

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